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Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd received award


2017-06-26

Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd received the 10th Anniversary Special Achievement Award from Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) acknowledging the most outstanding performance by individual signatories of the ¹Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA). This award, presented by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, along with nine Distinction Awards and seven Platinum Awards received from the SPA over the past 10 years is a demonstration of the company’s strong commitment towards sustainability, for Singapore and the region.

Tetra Pak joined the SPA as one of the key signatories in 2007, and since then has been working closely with the Singapore’s government implementing practices that help to minimise environmental impact. The efforts ranged from optimising work flow to investing in new equipment that enables in-house recovery and re-usage of packaging waste from the production line, which resulted in a cumulative reduction of 15,000 tonnes of packaging waste. The company has also been actively educating the public about waste minimisation and recycling through its outreach at Clean and Green Singapore carnivals, and used-beverage carton recycling programmes in Singaporean schools. For example, a family that consumes 300 litres of milk a year can ensure that their used beverage cartons of around 7.7 kg can be fully recycled.

“It’s an absolute honour to receive this award, marking our decade-long commitment and involvement with the SPA. By applying World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles, we can reduce waste, minimise water loss, improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption across all our operations. Our goal is to ensure that food is protected to the highest standards with the lowest possible impact on the environment and the society,” says Mr. Otso Toikka, VP Supply Chain Operations, Tetra Pak South Asia, East Asia & Oceania.

The award is another testimony of Tetra Pak’s mission to drive environmental excellence across the entire value chain. Other efforts included signing Paris pledge² in 2015 and RE 100³ in 2016, as well as making a commitment to cap the company’s climate impact by 2020 at 2010 levels despite considerable business growth.  Tetra Pak has also recently announced that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide and that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40% lower than in 2015.